From Afar, “Anomalisa” Wins Venice Top Honors

Venezuelan filmmaker Lorenzo Vigas’ “From Afar” has taken the top prize of the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Film Festival which comes to a close this weekend.

“From Afar” follows a middle-aged gay man (Alfred Castro) who cruises the streets of Caracas searching for young companions. Luis Silva also stars.

Alfonso Cuaron led the jury which handed the Silver Lion to Pablo Trapero ‘s “The Clan,” the Grand Jury Prize to Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson’s “Anomalisa,” and a Special Jury Prize to Emin Alper’s “Frenzy”.

Other awards include Fabrice Luchini (“L’Hermine”) for best actor, Valeria Golino (“Per Amor Vostro”) for best actress, and Christian Vincent (“L’Hermine”) for best screenplay.

In the ‘Venice Horizons’ sub-category, Jake Mahaffy’s “Free In Deed” took best film while Gabriel Mascaro’s “Neon Bull” scored a Special Jury Prize. Brady Corbet’s “The Childhood Of A Leader” scored a best director award along with the ‘Lion of the Future’ debut film award. Dominique Leborne scored an acting nod for “Tempt”.